Nike Air Phassad £55

Weight 364g
Evaluation This winter, Nike has introduced a raft of new shoes designed for running in inclement weather and on the trails. From its All Conditions Gear range comes the Phassad. It's a competitively-priced shoe that will appeal to people who want to be noticed. Get beyond its outlandish looks - the toe box is covered with thick, water-repellent rubber and the laces are underneath a bright yellow flap - and it isn't a bad entry-level off-roader. But the Phassad's strongest feature is its outsole. For a couple of years, Nike's trail outsoles relied on G-Tek, a flat, sticky rubber that didn't work well off-road. That's been replaced by big, knobby lugs that provide plenty of grip, even in deep mud. Unfortunately, the Phassad's deep (for a trail shoe) midsole means that it will not suit those who need added stability, but it does provide a cushioned ride.
In short The looks detract slightly from a competent, grippy and nicely priced off-road performer.
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Terra Tupu (£60); Asics Gel Escape (£55)